Forthcoming Legislation

Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Early Conciliation: Exemptions and Rules of Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Effective
8 October and 1 December 2020

These regulations are designed to increase the hearing capacity of employment tribunals in response to the coronavirus pandemic. They should also help reduce delays caused by increased caseloads following the abolition of employment tribunal fees in July 2017.

Regulations to introduce fines on trade unions

Effective
to be confirmed

The draft Trade Union (Financial Penalties) Regulations allow trade union Certification Officers to fine unions for non-compliance with statutory requirements.

Scotland legislates to increase the number of women on public boards

Effective
to be confirmed

The Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 sets a “gender representation objective” for public authorities in Scotland when they make appointments to non-executive board positions.

New legislation to ensure tips go to workers

Effective
to be confirmed

The Government is to introduce legislation to ensure that tips left for workers go to them in full.

Employment regulations for a smooth Brexit

Effective
EU Exit Day

The following regulations make technical amendments to employment law so that it continues to operate effectively on the day the UK leaves the EU.

Four-week break will not interrupt continuity of employment

Effective
to be confirmed

The Government is to extend from one week to four weeks the period that breaks continuity of employment when assessing eligibility for statutory employment rights.

The right to request a more stable contract

Effective
to be confirmed

The Government is to introduce a new right for all workers to request a more predictable and stable contract.

Ministers required to consider EU employment law after Brexit

Effective
to be confirmed

The Government has issued draft legislation requiring ministers to make a statement of compatibility where a post-Brexit Bill affects employment rights or workplace health and safety standards.

Restriction of Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020

Effective
to be confirmed

These draft regulations introduce a cap of £95,000 on public sector exit payments associated with loss of employment.

New mothers to get enhanced redundancy protection

Effective
to be confirmed

The Government is to extend redundancy protection for six months from the date of a mother’s return to work. The reform will also cover those taking adoption and shared parental leave, helping to ensure new parents are protected from discrimination in the workplace.

Data protection regulations for a smooth Brexit

Effective
EU Exit Day

The Data Protection, Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendments etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 became law on 28 February 2019 and will come into force on EU Exit Day.

Pension Schemes Bill 2019–20

Effective
to be confirmed

This Bill contains measures to allow collective defined contribution schemes to operate in the UK, for instance.

IR35 reform to apply in the private sector

Effective
6 April 2021

A reform to the off-payroll working (IR35) rules that has been introduced in the public sector is to be extended to medium-sized and large companies in the private sector.